Monday, November 25, 2013
IFATS MEMBER DR. LEWIS OBI ATTENDS ANNUAL EVENT
International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science IFATS New York 2013 Conference
It was another New York Marathon for me to attend a very exciting stem cell oriented international symposium this past weekend. There were more than 50 international stem cell researchers presenting hundreds of papers. Also, it was exciting to interact with my plastic surgery colleagues including IFATS co-founders Dr. Sydney Coleman of New York and Dr. Adam Katz of University of Florida. My last contact was LA plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Aronowitz who reconstructed Suzanne Somers' breast with stem cell enhanced fat.
Since I first began using fat as a filler more than 30 years ago, the science of adipose derived stem cells for regenerative and therapeutic medicine has advanced to orbital levels. This year I established the Cell Surgical Network of Florida and am already clinically applying a science which most of the IFATS presenters are only researching in laboratories. In contrast to American plastic surgeons, the use of stem cell science has reached high levels of success in European and Asian countries. During our four day meeting, more than 200 presentations by more than 50 authors from 25 countries shared their research and clinical experience. By the fourth day on Sunday, with New York City in a deep freeze, I was forced to take a break with my family.